Piñol outlines environment-friendly fish sufficiency program
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has outlined his innovations to ensure sufficient fish supply in the country throughout the year while minimizing harmful effects to the environment.
Piñol said on his Facebook post that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will implement a nationwide program against illegal fishing and a three-month closed season during the spawning period of the distinct fish species in different parts of the country.
He said funding and support for the culture and production of high value fish species like lapu-lapu and maya-maya, and commercial species like bangus and tilapia, shrimps, crabs and other marine products will also be intensified.
He said the idea of setting up tilapia fish farms along river banks instead of fish cages in the inland waters and lakes would ensure that ecology will not be upset by food security measures.
To encourage a mindset of environmentalism, Piñol said there will be a nationwide search for the cleanest coastal communities starting this year where the winners will be given presidential awards and livelihood funds amounting to P10 million.
He said the criteria will include the absence of illegal fishing, observance of closed season, a well-protected marine sanctuary, garbage-free coastal waters, a sustained mangrove protection and rehabilitation program.
He said technical papers on the innovations are being finalized and will soon be presented to the Department of Agriculture for technical and financial support.